As a director, Vittorio De Sica communicated life’s small victories and defeats. His post-war Italian Neorealist classics, like Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Umberto D. (1952), inspired new waves of independent filmmakers, and proved, along with his contemporaries, that non-professional actors, non-studio settings, and relatable narratives can be equally, if not more, impactful than typical mainstream productions. But De Sica’s creative interests extended far beyond the Neorealist movement. In fact, he was already a popular actor before embarking on his directing career, and his performative playfulness shines through in later collaborations with Italian superstars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. This video examines two of De Sica’s classic comedies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) and Marriage Italian Style (1964), along with a moving war drama, Sunflower (1970)which features similar conceptual themes. It might just be time for a proper De Sica binge.

Watch Now: SunflowerMarriage Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; Boccaccio ’70; Indiscretion of an American Wife; It Happened in the Park.